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Damask Style Candle Tray - "Dutchess"

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-11-2015 11:20 AM 1300 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third of five new candle trays that I recently designed. I call this one “Dutchess” (The pattern is SLD510 – available on my site)

For this tray, I used a beautiful piece of curly maple. I think it showed off the flowing asymmetrical design beautifully. I finished it as I do most fretwork of this type – by spraying it with several coats of lacquer. The curly grain actually shimmers.

The center area measures 4” in diameter to hold a large jar-type candle.

This type of scrolling is so much fun to do! I hope you enjoy it!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"





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Roger

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 12:49 PM

Very elegant Sheila

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#2 posted 07-11-2015 01:11 PM

Intricate design, Sheila, fitting all that into 4”.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-11-2015 01:12 PM

The center is 4” but the overall tray is about 7” x 8.5”. So it is much easier than you think. :)

Thank you both so much! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 07-11-2015 04:19 PM

As usual perfect srolling. Beautiful ornaments and other details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-11-2015 04:50 PM

Very beautiful! You selected an awesome piece of wood to do it with.

Do you sell the candles also at your site?

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 07-11-2015 05:05 PM

I think this one is my favourite. I love the shape of it and the damask detail.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#7 posted 07-11-2015 08:03 PM

Beautifully done, Sheila! I really like the off-center design and curly maple is a current favorite. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-11-2015 08:07 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. Paul – I do not sell candles or finished project, but plans to make them. If you wish to purchase a finished item, just email me and I will connect you with my very talented friend who does sell my designs finished (at a reasonable cost). (sheilalandrydesigns@gmail.com)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 07-11-2015 09:17 PM

Sheila, I know you don’t sell finished projects. I was just wondering where a person gets the candles in the glass that is needed for the project. I did not know if you sold that “part” also along with the pattern/plans for making the candle tray.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 07-11-2015 09:28 PM

Oohhhhh! Sorry for the confusion! (Remember I am blonde! ;) )

They center fits any larger jar candle (like the Yankee brand, and the jars that are sold in Wal-Mart or most gift stores)
they are pretty standard in size. Very few are over 4” and I have even put those ‘pretend’ electric pillar candles on them and they look really nice. :)

You can really get them just about anywhere.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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peteg

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#11 posted 07-11-2015 09:48 PM

A lovely addition to your current series Sheila, I am surprised to hear that you don’t sell your finished work, I would imagine there would be a lot of prospective buyers lined up. You are a very skilful Lady
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 07-11-2015 10:15 PM

Thank you, Pete. :)

It is difficult to make others understand how much work goes into a piece such as this. Honestly – we often get people that come to the site and order 3 of this design and 2 of that and we need to write them and tell them that they are buying the PATTERNS, not the finished items. (This actually happened twice in the past two days!)

Most of our patterns sell from $5 to $8 and people think they are getting the FINISHED WORK for that price! We try to be as explicit as we can throughout the site and the ordering process, but sometimes people don’t read.

What is most (comical/sad/disturbing) is when people actually get ANGRY at us when they find they are not getting a walnut candle tray that has 85 piercings hand cut into it for $5.95. Honestly – that doesn’t even cover the wood and varnish cost!

I most of the time give away my prototypes or donate them to the Cat Rescue near us for auction or other worthy causes. I would rather give them to dear friends and colleagues and donate them to people who have good hearts than undersell them to someone who can’t appreciate the time and effort that goes into a hand made piece.

We woodworkers all understand! ;)

Thank you for your nice comment. I really appreciate it! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 07-12-2015 03:21 PM

People no longer seem to understand the full meaning of ‘you get what you pay for’, Sheila.

When people ask me whether I sell my boxes, these days, I tend to say no. Most don’t understand the time, effort and money I put into them or that they are unique. Most of those who ask wouldn’t pay a reasonable price for them and almost expect something for nothing. I would rather give something I’ve made away to someone who really appreciates it than to sell to cheapskates. Maybe I’ll ask for all my boxes to go with me into the oven when, at the end of my life, I’m cremated.

If people can’t understand that they are buying a pattern from you and not a finished item they are either cheap themselves, greedy or have no concept of what goes into what they have just browsed over. Sometimes I think that term, ‘browse’ is most appropriate. Cows in the field do it without a clue as to what’s going on in the world.

Acid comments you may say but I’ve had enough of this sort of attitude. I have as much right to my opinion as anyone else. I’ve said it and if anyone doesn’t like it then tough. They have the ‘right’ to ignore what I say so I suggest they exercise it. Tell it to the hand, cheapskates.

I apologise to you, Sheila, for going off on one in your post but you’ve raised a point I feel strongly on.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 07-12-2015 03:49 PM

No apology necessary. I agree with you 100%. I try (really hard) to be polite to those who misunderstand, in hopes that they really did misunderstand. But more so than not, I get a terse response from them, as if I am not being greedy because I won’t give away my time, materials and skills for nothing. Then I usually drop it because I figure they are hopeless anyway and I am not responsible for educating them.

Mostly I just focus on other things. I can honestly say that there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t marvel at the box I have from you. It sits here at my side with my embroidery scissors in it and some supplies that I frequently use and I am very appreciative of your skill and very happy that I was able to come to terms to acquire one from you. I will never part with it. :)

Thanks for your support and input. It isn’t a popularity contest here and if people don’t support artists and designers, there will be very few of us left.

Have a good day and stop by anytime!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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